Australia has a high rate of skin cancer, with approximately 2/3 of Australians being diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70. The majority of skin cancers in Australia are cause by sun exposure. It is recommended that all Australians see their GP to discuss their risk of skin cancer and regular skin checks may be recommended.
What happens with a skin check:
A doctor will first discuss your risks and what you can do to lower your risk of skin cancer. An examination will then be carried out when all areas of your skin are checked, generally using a magnifying light along with a Dermatascope. If there are any lesions of concern, your doctor may recommend a biopsy of the skin lesion or complete excision. Most excisions and biopsies can be carried out in the rooms by Dr Overton.
What are the costs to a skin check?
Skin checks are generally done in a standard consult as a stand alone issue. If you have any other issues to discuss on the day please book a long consult. A standard consult will be charged at $80 (with a rebate of $37.60). If a procedure is required, a private fee will be charged. The cost will vary depending on what is required.
Dr Overton is available Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon and all day Tuesday.